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Recycling/Waste Management

JMU Recycling LogoIn all of its operations, JMU FM uses the 6Rs as a guiding principle towards waste: rethink, reduce, reuse, repair/restore, redistribute, and recycle.

Recycling and composting protocols have changed. Where you place your items has also changed. Please read the following carefully!


  • Indoor and outdoor recycling bins once designated for plastics, cans and glass are now for aluminum cans only. Signage on bins is being updated accordingly.
  • See the changes to what items are accepted in deskside bins by clicking the image below.

                       Deskside Bin Changes

  • What plastic bags and film packaging can you place in a deskside bin? The following items must be clean, dry, and empty: LDPE / HDPE films, newspaper sleeves, bread bags, product wrap, cereal liners, food storage bags, produce bags, dry cleaning bags, grocery bags, case wrap, and packaging air pillows.
  • Separate containers for recycling paper and paper products are available in all buildings.  Contact to obtain a deskside container or a locked container and shredding service.


  • Composting service is available at many dining facilities on campus. Please place only food in containers labeled "Food" or "Compost."
  • Composting service is available from late August (start of fall semester) to early May (end of spring semester) each year.
  • Compostable food serviceware such as plates, bowls, cups, cutlery, and napkins should be placed in a container labeled "Trash" or "Landfill."

For recycling and landfill containers, please carefully follow the signs. Incorrectly placing food, compostable containers, or other materials in the recycling container can result in the entire truckload of recyclables being sent to landfill.

When in doubt, throw it out, and then send a question to so JMU Recycling/Waste Management can provide you with directions for the next time.

It is not possible to include every item on the signs, especially those from national brands and off campus. If you have a question, likely others will as well, and contacting us helps us improve our communications.

 Learn more about how you can properly place your items in recycling containers by clicking each link below.

Waste recycle cans           paper           electronics                       food           Landfill Information           Boxed Lunch Info

Surplus Property Program

While personally-owned small electronic items can be placed by residents in bins in the residence halls, JMU-owned electronic property needs to be transferred to JMU’s Surplus Property program. In this program, working electronic equipment will be offered to other departments on campus. If equipment is not able to be reused internally, Surplus Property staff will offer the equipment to other state agencies, localities and approved non-profits. Any remaining equipment is offered for sale to the general public through If surplused equipment does not sell, items will then be recycled through JMU Recycling. If electronic equipment is non-functional, departments should contact JMU Recycling for proper handling and pick up. To transfer items to the Surplus Property program, an EICR form is required for each surplused item.

Request Service

For any Recycling and Waste Management requests or inquiries, please call JMU Recycling at 540-830-0177, 540-568-6074 or email

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